Flames trade defenseman Chris Tanev to the Stars

Chris Tanev (Loxy!!, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Daniel Austin of the Calgary Herald on Thursday, the Calgary Flames have traded defenseman Chris Tanev of Toronto, Ontario to the Dallas Stars. In return the Flames receive Russian prospect defenseman Artem Grushnikov, a second round pick in the 2024 National Hockey League Draft, and a conditional third round pick in the 2026 NHL Draft. The conditional pick is only in existence if the Stars reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2026.

The New Jersey Devils are also involved in the deal. According to nhl.com, the Devils will share 50% of Tanev’s salary the rest of the season with the Flames for a fourth round pick in the 2026 NHL Draft.

The Stars are Tanev’s third NHL team. He previously played 10 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks from 2010 to 2020. Tanev then played the last four seasons with the Flames.

In 56 games this season, Tanev had one goal and 13 assists for 14 points. He was a +16 with 14 penalty minutes, 43 shots on goal, 171 blocked shots, 25 hits, 21 takeaways and 34 giveaways. Ironically, Tanev’s goal this season came against the Stars. It was on November 30 in a 4-3 Flames win over the Dallas Stars. Tanev scored from Andrew Mangiapane of Toronto and Dennis Gilbert at 8:02 of the first period which tied the game at one at the time. Tanev’s 171 blocked shots are second in the NHL. He is only behind Nick Seeler of the Philadelphia Flyers with 175 blocked shots.

The Stars are in a first place tie with the Winnipeg Jets in the Central Division. Both teams have 79 points. The Flames are winners of four straight games and are five points back of a playoff spot.


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